The Centre for Criminal Justice and Victim Studies within the School of Law hosted an event on 27th April ‘Perspectives on Hidden Victims, findings of 3 new innovative studies’. During the event, the findings of three innovative studies were examined.

The School of Law’s Dr Sean Redmond, Adjunct Professor of Youth Justice, outlined the background to his Greentown study, an innovative study on how locally based crime networks influence youth offending. He outlined the studies objectives, the limitations of the extant knowledge on children’s involvement in adult criminal networks, key research findings and policy implications arising from the Greentown study. The paper also outlined important work being undertaken by the School in 2017 to replicate and broaden the original study to gauge the generalisability of findings and assist in the design of new interventions.

Dr Nicola Carr, Associate Professor of Criminology, University of Nottingham, presented the findings from research which explored young people’s experiences of paramilitary violence within their communities in contemporary Northern Ireland (Carr, Dwyer and McAlister, 2017). This highlighted the processes through which young people became subject to paramilitary ‘justice’ and their negotiation of the multiple risks they continue to face. The presentation explored the relevance and meaning of ‘justice’, ‘community’, ‘rights’ and ‘protection’ for young people living within these contexts.

Dr Johnny Connolly, Irish Research Council Scholar in the Centre for Crime, Justice and Victim Studies, School of Law, University of Limerick, presented a novel research study that investigated the drug-related intimidation of drug users and their families, mostly caused by drug debt. The study, a collaboration between the Health Research Board and the Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign in 2015 involved an analysis of 140 incidents of intimidation and eighteen focus groups involving 150 people, including former prisoners, travellers, youth and family support workers.

A video of the event can be seen here.

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